Sesame Street
Monty's 0 demonstration
Air date February 9, 1993
Season Season 24 (1992-1993)
Written by Molly Boylan
Production December 4, 1992
Sponsors K, P, 0


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Monty tells the viewer that today's show is sponsored by "nothing." Prairie Dawn asserts that there will be many things on today's show, but Monty insists on the sponsor being nothing.
SCENE 1 Monty bears a number 0 on his hat and talks about it. Prairie finally understands that the number 0 is what Monty meant by "nothing." He disagrees that he was vague about his wording, and that the 0 on the top of his hat is missing. He introduces something else about nothing...
Song "Zero Song": A female voiceover sings about the food that keeps being taken away to make 0.
Arist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 3003)
SCENE 1 cont'd Prairie prepares to count backwards from 10, when Monty leans in to remind her not to forget the 0 when she's finishes. She assures him she wont and proceeds with her countdown. Afterwards, Monty celebrates the fact that she didn't forget the 0 with confetti and music.
Cartoon The boss of Muzby's Treetop Flowers tells his secretary that he doesn't want any calls unless they're important. Employee Henry tries to make an important call while hanging out on a limb.
(First: Episode 2747)

Muppets Ernie is in a counting mood, and decides to count all of the cookies in a box of them. Cookie Monster overhears this and asks if he can have all of the cookies after they are counted, and Ernie agrees. But after opening the box, Ernie finds that there are 0 cookies in it. Ernie has another box, but it also has 0 in it. Ernie then remembers that he put all of the cookies into a cookie jar, and starts to count, but Cookie Monster impatiently eats all of the cookies before Ernie can finish counting.
(First: Episode 2586)
Monty freezes the the segment mid-way through and appears onscreen to report that there will be no more messages about the number 0 from here on out, then resumes the sketch.
Cartoon A man teaches his dog Rover how to read the word SIT.
(First: Episode 0304)
Film A Caucasian boy narrates a film of himself hanging out with his African American friend Jamal.
(First: Episode 2787)
Cartoon Dr. Annie Eyeball looks at air.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 2592)
Chicken Soup Needs a Spoon
Muppets Waiter Grover: Grover serves Mr. Johnson a bowl of chicken soup. Johnson says that he can't eat the soup, and Grover can't guess why. "That settles it," Johnson sighs. "From now on, I'm bringing my lunch to work in a paper sack." He finally explains to Grover that he can't eat the soup because he doesn't have a spoon.
(First: Episode 0358)
Cartoon K is for kiss.
Animation: John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0131)

SCENE 2 Oscar is raising money for a Grouchketeer field trip by offering kisses for 50 cents. Gina eagerly pays a dollar to get a kiss from Oscar, but then learns the kisses are given by Fluffy. She ducks out of he way and Oscar winds up being kissed instead. "Now that was definitely worth a dollar!"
2096p Film A film insert about washing elephants at the Bronx Zoo. The song "Splish Splash" is used in part of the segment.
(First: Episode 1934)
Muppets Ernie sings "Imagine That" about things that he sometimes imagines to be: first a knight in shining armor who battles a dragon, then a sailor, and finally, himself.
(First: Episode 2142)
Film Girls dance and chant about K.
(First: Episode 3012)

Cast Gordon hosts "What Happens Next," in which the viewer has to guess what kind of humiliation Maria as Chaplin is going to face before Gordon rings the Dinger's ding-dong bell. First, the tramp slips on a banana peel, then collapses when sitting on a three-legged bench. Finally, when a rain cloud is about to rain on him, he shifts the cloud over to the left of the screen so it rains on Gordon instead.
(First: Episode 2328)
Cartoon A near-sighted princess goes to the eye doctor and gets glasses.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3056)
Muppets Big Bird recites a poem about front and back.
(First: Episode 2878)
Cartoon The front and back of a costumed horse follow an ice cream truck.
(First: Episode 0782)
Song "Pig's Love Song" (live-action version)
(First: Episode 0572)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit the Frog reports on the prince kissing Sleeping Beauty, but rather than waking her up, falls asleep himself.
(First: Episode 0483)
Cartoon P is for Painting
(First: Episode 0764)
Film A boy narrates a film about how cheese is made.
(First: Episode 1124)

Insert At Hooper's, Elmo wonders why Mr. Handford is playing with a toy fire truck. Mr. Handford explains, in song, that he used to have one when he was a kid, and it inspired him to be a firefighter.
(First: Episode 2965)
Animation Today's Secret Drawing is a fireman.
(First: Episode 0200)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover talks to Zelda about "fast" and "slow."
(First: Episode 2611)
Cartoon The dancing birds dance fast and slow.
Artist: Karen Aqua
Film A boy narrates a film of cows being fed hay during winter.
(First: Episode 0787)
Celebrity Gloria Estefan sings a special version of "1-2-3" to Big Bird and the Birdketeers.
(First: Episode 2928)
Cartoon A dog chases a cat around, through, over, and under a doghouse.
(First: Episode 1020)
Muppets Telly hosts "Here and There" from the library, where it's quiet. His co-host, Debra Starr, is at the airport, where it's loud. The loud noises of the airport eventually make it hard for Telly to hear Debra, so he has to talk louder into the microphone for Debra to hear him, which results in his expulsion.
(First: Episode 2864)
Cartoon Pencil box K / k
(First: Episode 2876)
Film Kids have a lost dog poster made using an old-style printing press.
(First: Episode 1222)

Typewriter P
Cartoon The Typewriter: P for Pencil
(First: Episode 0782)

SCENE 3 Prairie reads a book, when Monty enters with a lecture on the body. He introduces his mouth and nose, but Prairie is quick to point out those are not his ears - they are rabbit ears. He runs out and returns with mouse ears instead. Prairie goes home to lie down, as Gina announces the sponsors and Monty shows off his hand (for waving goodbye).


  • Scenes from this episode have been used as stand-alone Muppet inserts on foreign co-productions, including Sesamstraat.

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